Steelers do not know when Mendenhall will be ready to carry the ball Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 3:57 am | Updated: 8:11 am, Thu May 24, 2012. By Mike Bires firstname.lastname@example.org
PITTSBURGH – Rashard Mendenhall is still a very young man. On June 19, he’ll celebrate his 25th birthday. However, as a pro running back, he may be starting to decline.
Sure, there are exceptions. But NFL teams nowadays are fortunate when they get five good years from a running back.
Mendenhall, the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2008 draft, is in his fifth pro season. And right now, he’s damaged goods.
He’s been at the Steelers’ organized team activities the past two days. He’s doing some light running, but can’t practice. He’s still on the mend after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the last game of the 2011 regular season. The recovery period for that type of injury can be anywhere between nine and 12 months.
At this time, the Steelers have no idea when – or if – Mendenhall will play this year.
Nice article ....not sure people will be sleeping on Redman as much as they are now as we get closer to the season, but Mendy's time could have easily come and gone already. If you end up with Redman, you either grab Mendy late or be on point with an in season ww move.
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Steelers GM: Rashard Mendenhall might be PUP-bound By Marc Sessler Writer Published: June 16, 2012 at 05:26 p.m. Updated: June 17, 2012 at 12:39 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have used this offseason to groom running back Isaac Redman for the starting role. It's not how they planned to enter the year, but with Rashard Mendenhall still on the mend, Redman's promotion is quickly becoming a reality.
Mendenhall tore his anterior cruciate ligament in last year's regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert all but admitted he won't be back anytime soon.
"My guess is they'll open the season on PUP (the physically unable to perform list)," Colbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Friday.
Kicking off 2012 on the PUP means Mendenhall would be unavailable to the Steelers until after the sixth game of the season. Colbert hinted at the same fate for nose tackle Casey Hampton, recovering from a serious knee injury. Both players are in the final year of their contracts with the team.
Steelers just took Mendenhall off the PUP list. Means he MAY be available to play before week 7. Either his rehab is going very well or Pittsburgh is worried about their lack of RB depth and are hoping to bring him back sooner than expected.
The Steelers have activated RB Rashard Mendenhall (ACL surgery) and NT Casey Hampton (ACL surgery) from active/PUP. Mendenhall's activation is a pretty big shocker as plugged-in reporters such as ESPN's Adam Schefter and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette believed he was a lock to open the year on PUP. GM Kevin Colbert even stated that was the likeliest scenario. Bouchette suggested that Mendenhall came off PUP in a "desperation" move by a Steelers team riddled with running back injuries. Mendenhall is unlikely to regain feature back duties, but his return throws a major wrench into Isaac Redman's already shaky fantasy value. The Steelers' backfield is shaping up as a situation to avoid before the late rounds of drafts. Source: Bob Labriola on Twitter Aug 17 - 2:20 PM
Adam Schefter thinks Pittsburgh may be looking at a week 5 return for Mendenhall. The Steelers have a week 4 bye so week 5 fits with their decision to take Mendenhall off PUP. If they had left him on PUP, he wouldn't have been available until week 7.